So, I might as well stop donating all those spare CPU cycles to SETIathome then.
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Re: Good riddance, I say
Ahhh, it reminds me of those halcyon days on Usenet in the late eighties and early nineties, when Joe Public joined AOL and Compuserve and it all went to pot
Ah, yes, I remember the start of the Eternal September. It made the Dinette for sale in New Jersey posting seem positively well-educated. 1993, according to Wikipedia.
Knob head or bell end.
The original commenter would appear to have merged the two.
Re: Intel Broadwell-D
Just as Intel have been unable to break into the low-power/embedded market to date (and into the server market with reduced-power x86), ARM have been unable to break into the server market.
Will either of those change ?? Wish I knew. One or the other might happen at some point. The trick is recognising that point.
The transputer was gonna wipe the floor with the 80386....
You missed many.
You missed many, but the best is The Digital Railway.
This apparently means trying again at the signalling technology (moving block) that failed spectacularly around the turn of the millennium, leaving The Bearded One with a pile of spectacularly fast tilting trains that couldn't go anywhere near as fast as they were meant to and so no longer needed to tilt - although that didn't stop them doing it. I have the coffee stains. Probably digital tilting technology.
Re: Properly engineered systems!
And show me the IATA (??) airport codes containing Unicode....
Re: First against the wall...
Yabut..... after the B Ark departed, remember what wiped out the race.....
Re: Tim, get real.
"the rich owners of such companies give the political parties the donations they need in order to get elected"
As someone else pointed out, these "rich owners" are almost certainly you and me, as long as you have a pension scheme of some sort as well. Not just for UK companies either - most (all?) pension schemes' investments will be globally diversified, in order to spread the risk.
Neither I nor, I suspect you, expect for one moment that any financial donations we make will influence a political party's policies.
On the other hand, we do have a vote and also the opportunity ti engage more deeply in the democratic process if we wish to change things.
And until the unique id is one-way mapped from the NHS number.
Absolutely no need whatsoever for NHS numbers to be in the data - that's an open invitation for the data to be abused.
Re: Supposed to be internal testing.
SNA ?? Pah. BSC3 was so much more fun. Found & fixed a bug in Olivetti's implementation of that in, oh, 1982 or so.
Re: Boring selection
They don't all look alike because they are copying iPhones. They all look alike because that's the nature of a mobile touchscreen device,
You, are of course, right.
But you need to go tell that to a certain judge/jury in California. And the ghost of Steve Jobs :-)
Re: this takes me back to the 70s
Plus the "thick" sandwich - 1 year in industry, 3 years degree, 1 year in industry. This satisfied the then (pre-CPD) training requirements for CEng, just leaving 2 years to do in a "responsible position".
Very few left, except in the Forces, by the time I left school in 1973. The economic state of the country was doing for them. At graduation in 1976 it was next-to-impossible to find a formal scheme that gave you 2 years' postgrad training to satisfy the CEng requirement, at least in electronics. Different for the Civils, I think.
The move from a 3-year BSc(Eng) to a 4-year M.Eng. from my alma mater was, without a doubt, in part a repsonse to this.
Not particularly regretting that I didn't take the last-ditch opportunity a few years ago to get CEng under the grandfathered "old" scheme.
Oh look, a "thin sandwich" course...
Re: The best weather forecasting...
I upvoted, rather than downvoted. Because in the short term (up to an hour or so out of the window, maybe 3 hours using the rain radar and extrapolating, as I often do), you're dead right.
As proof, how many times has the (local) radio, relying on the forecast, told us it's bright and sunny outside, when any fule can look out the window and see its peeing down. And vice-versa.
But for any time horizon beyond that, forget it. And your sage. And whether the cows are standing or not. You really, really do need some good mathematical modelling.
Re: Use a public provider?
Just make sure you have your data and your apps in more than one place.
Still, at least he hasn't fallen for something like the schoolboy error that Prof. Laithwaite did over gyroscopes, and think he's discovered perpetual motion.
Re: Anyone remember the OSI protocols?
Not all the names you list weren't interested. Intel were well in there on OSI. They had a guy in EMEA, based in Swindon, dedicated to MAP/TOP. DEC, too, as someone else pointed out. And ICL.
From what I could tell later on when my then-company had an ICL connectivity product, was that it was the lack of mature routing and nameservice vis-a-vis TCP/IP that really did for OSI. Compared to TCP/IP, when properly configured, it ran sooooo much better over mobile networks.
Of course, we could argue how mature TCP-IP's routing is when core routers need 512KB+ routing tables....
Re: What essentially saved TCP/IP?
Also I'm bloody glad I've not needed to wage war against X.400 in the last 16+ years
Looked at Exchange Server addresses lately ?? :-)
Re: Give it all to us ..
Just a little bit of grist for the UKIP mill - but isn't the ITU the forum for spectrum allocation - current regulations being here: http://www.itu.int/pub/R-REG-RR-2012 ? Europe being part of Region 1.
When did the Commissioner decide she'd taken over responsibility for this ?
Re: Source Material Quality
Yeah, but they've got sodding great dishes so a slightly heavy rainstorm won't cut the signal off. Or the neighbour's tree growing across the line of sight.
Re: That confirms what I thought.....(@Alister)
@Dan Paul: Thank you so much for enhancing the Brit stereotype of our transatlantic cousins as being unable to understand anything with ferrous content.
Re: Personally I use Kontact + Citadel
Yep, Citadel is so simple to set up it's hard to believe it actually does what it says on the tin.
But it does.
Re: Proud Windows Idiot
....MS will licence BSD...
I suggest you read the BSD license. You will see that MS, along with every other individual and organisation in the world, already has one. As long as they comply with its terms.
Re: "a tool Microsoft uses to hide its source code from being copied"
And that's functionally different from "running code from the registry" precisely how ??
In the modern world, where everyone moves around, and companies want economies of scale, decisions on spectrum usage are agreed internationally.
'twas always so. In the days when everything >300MHz was considered useless for anything except broadcast TV, the main reason was that the now pretty much unused (except for splurge from data over power devices and faulty ADSL/VDSL) frequencies <30MHz can travel worldwide, so international agreement was vital to avoid different services interfering with each other.
Then satellites came along, and for much the same reasons international agreement was vital.
Once upon a time, something like a third to a half of the spectrum from DC to 1GHz was allocated to TV. Now, that was wasteful
Re: Let's be clear on definitions and scope of territories
And Norway keeps voting not to join the EU....
Well that is Democracy by majority vote. AKA "The tyranny of the majority".
Democracy by consensus-seeking is another form of democracy.
Edit: Oh, I see Mr O'Sophicall made much the same point. Good :-)
Re: Sometimes, nobody inside cares what *you* think
How is "localhost" ALWAYS turned into 127.0.0.1 ?? By calling the, errr, resolver library. Which will obey whatever rules are in its configuration to turn the string "localhost" into an IPv4 or IPv6 address.
This is known as resolving.
Or did I miss something ironic in your comment ?
Re: What's to look forward to?
A Gb switch is still a Gb switch
Compare what's on the PCB of a current Gb switch with one manufactured 10 years ago. That will give the lie to your assertion that "There is no active development....". Of course, the goal of all that development was driving the manufacturing cost down (you know, commoditisation) rather than putting (mostly) all sorts of nice new shiny in so that Marketing can claim all sorts of new functionality.
Really, the software business model is completely out of kilter with every other product category in the industrialised world, and badly needs some serious disruption. The cloudy rental model isn't it. And I don't believe the problem is technological (software development models and all that)
Re: I knew that had got expensive... but not THAT expensive!
Can't say I'm surprised.
There's a trail of companies that used to be in components and either walked or died. Mostly the latter.
Oh yes, remember that.
They should have patented that business model and then gone after Monster.
Re: I knew that had got expensive... but not THAT expensive!
Upvote for your CPC recommendation.
Though their big catalogue is, well, BIGGGGGG. Received one at work and at home.
Re: But ...
I would have shared your pessimism.
But I suspect commercial, as well as technical, reality will endure this just doesn't happen.
After all, DAB has been such a success, hasn't it ?? And all new cars come with DAB radios that perform just fine, don't they, just like we were promised ??
Agreed, though it could be argued that the first will help bring about the rest.
Not convinced, myself, but as I say, it could be argued.
Where to begin with just how crass and over-simplified this is ??
One other commentard has mentioned ITSO. Let's not forget that it's been 15+ years in the gestation. Roll it out on a grand scale now and the tech will have a few years rather than a couple of decades of life - not a good idea. As far as I can tell the delays have all been around the politics of its introduction rather than anything conceptual or technical. So maybe the goal of this outfit should be how transport operator contracts and regulations should be recast rather than anything else. Still that would be too much like addressing the root of the problem, wouldn't it ???
Look at Oyster - it took a combination of a loaded gun to the head and bribery to get the Train Operating Companies to accept it. Notwithstanding that, the stupid Oyster Extension Permit (OEP) for Oyster season ticket holders using PAYG balances to travel out-of-zone remained a non-negotiable for them. The implementation costs of that were wasted as the TOCs realised within a matter of weeks of rollout what everyone else was telling them - it did nothing to manage fare evasion and was as user-friendly as a cornered cat.
If TfL do manage to get a workable solution (including daily capping) using payment cards, just what will this bring to the table ??
Bizarre. Anyone would think there was an election round the corner. Oh, hang on.
And how does an atom 'flip'?
As you're clearly too lazy to use Google, I used it for you. The search term "cesium clock operation" seemed like a good one. The link to How Stuff works sort of explained it but in a woolly way, but a snippet from here explains the physics very succinctly:
"The atoms in pure cesium exist mostly in two slightly different forms: A low energy form and one with just a bit more energy. For an atomic clock these two states have two properties critical to making a clock. One, they can be separated by a magnet. And two, the lower energy atoms can be converted to the higher energy ones if we bombard cesium with the right radiation."
The process of converting to a higher energy is what's referred to as "flipping" And it's the frequency of this "right" radiation that determines a second. HTH, HAND, and all that jazz.
Re: Every sysadmin must make one really big screw-up in their career
Then there was the trainer (not me !!) at ... well, better not mention where....
He managed to delete all of /etc
Not just once
Not even twice
But three times (over a matter of weeks).
It was a long re-install (from floppies) on a 3B2. Oops, gave it away.
Some years later, I myself did manage to blow away /etc by mis-typing vi as ci. ci didn't check the inode type before doing its work. That hurt.
Thanks for the heads-up. Shame it ends on Saturday, then, and I don't have a free evening before then
With its use of ... (a) partially borrowed script and threadbare plot, Privacy is more of a show than a play. But it’s a decent show.
If that's your premise, I'd wholly disagree.
Is it the show's intention to make us think, challenge our preconceptions, change our behaviours ?? If so, then a show won't do it. It needs to be theatre - proper theatre. I've done no stage stuff since my school years, but my son went from the Brit shcool to MMU Crewe's CTP course. I understand from him a little of how theatre should work, and always remember his utter disdain for the show of the Hutton Inquiry, where the thing was read out verbatim. This neither challenged the audience nor added anything to the corpus of knowledge - and from this description, it seems Privacy is much the same.
Still, maybe I should go see it just in case....
Re: memory- @Tom 7
C shell ?? Pah. That had history and in-line editing.
Real sysadmins used the Bourne Shell (mostly coz I started off on AT&T System III and we didn't have the C shell...)
Someone fell for the autocorrect
.....and Linux mainstay systems, which helps developers command a cluster of CoreOS machines.....
You meant systemd there, not systems.
I will not ignite a flameware here about the design of systemd......
...Google presumably also benefit from being able to say that *they* aren't making any editorial decisions about what gets published on their site
No. Google benefits from the massive advertising revenue they collect on aggregate from their services. Everything they do is predicated on maximising that, directly or indirectly. Period. Always bear that in mind when looking at their motivations.
NNDR does go to central government, but is then re-distributed back to local authorities as an element of the grant.
This is the reason that a 1% change in council spending translates to a 3% change in your council tax. Until this changes, there's no way that local authorities can be transparent or realistically accountable to their local electorate. As it is, they really are little more than an arm of central government. Whatever Eric Pickles might claim. And don't get me started on the proportion of our council tax that goes into the unsustainable local government pension scheme.
I speak as one who, back in the day, was told off like a naughty schoolboy by a minister for breaching their limit on council tax rise by <0.1%.
Re: Clouds are so last week
You should be cynical about the IoT. In particular, the security capabilities of the average device.
Re: Active X is the root of all evil
They really ought to be sued for not taking Active X out back and replacing it with a proper sandbox system.
No. They really ought to sued for ignoring everyone with the slightest bit of ITSEC understanding who told them long and loud that ActiveX Was A Really Bad Idea. Their feeble, pathetic response was "it's what our users want". I don't think their users really wanted their machines pwned. Perhaps they asked their users the wrong question.
The history of ActiveX ever since it escaped has been trying to fix all the holes that everyone told them it would have.
Re: This sort of thing doesn't happen
This is the future of computing - machines that spend 100% of their processing power on security algorithms and that do zero actual work. Correct that - this may actually be the current state of computing.
It most definitely is the current state of computing. I well remember Intel suggesting that the advantage of a second core (when the first dual-core CPUs came out) was that it could run the AV software while the first core did real work (since of course no software was multi-threaded back then)
"There is an ofcom guideline NICC ND1016 which states that a callerid which is set by the carrier should be correct so that a call made back to that number should reach the original caller."
Which is of course honoured far more in the breach than the observance.
You ever tried calling back a silent direct marketing call ?? Or one of those with a UK number that are clearly coming from a sweatshop call centre in Mumbai/Durban/etc ?
Re: CLI freely spoofable on ISDN
Whereas that wasn't the case for me. Did you test more than one ISDN circuit ?? If not, it might have been misconfigured at the exchange (By BT ?? Shurely not !!)